Record Store Day 2017: Above The Noise – My Top 5 Picks

I’m not going to lie — with all the hype and excitement over the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day, I was expecting a little more from this years list. But, saying that as it is with any list, discovery is half the fun. Underneath all the Bowie releases, The Doors releases, and the pop-metal Bullet for My Valentine releases are the true gems excavated from the past for a true unique listening experience. These are going to be the records that I’m stack searching for on April 22nd.

The Meters
A Message from The Meters–The Complete Josie, Reprise & Warner Bros. Singles 1968-1977
Pressing Number: 510 released state side. 1000 released in all

This one will seem to go to the most dedicated vinyl hunter. What seems to be the hardest release to find on my list, The Meters helped define funk in the 60’s and 70’s. Brought to my attention by friends over many vinyl and beer sessions, I have to know more about The Meters and this seems to be a span that won’t disappoint. This 3-LP set will be pressed on red, yellow, and green vinyl will be released by Real Gone Music.

Various Artists
Psychic Migrations Original Soundtrack
Pressing Number: 1000 pressed

Some of my various artists albums are the best that I have because it’s a real neat push for discovery. While I know artists such as Thee Oh Sees, White Fence, and Wand, artists such as Cave, Bitchin Bajas, and Sir Richard Bishop get me excited for what explorations we might experience together. Psychic Migrations is a film that’s focuses on surfing and surf flicks all over the world. The double LP will be pressed on “pitted” pink wax housed in a deluxe gatefold jacket.

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Various Artists
Really Rock ‘Em Right: Sun Records Curated By Record Store Day Volume 4
Pressing Number:3500

Last year’s The Other Side of Sun: Sun Records Curated by RSD, Volume 3 was one of my favorite, if not my top, records of RSD 2016. Last year’s release focused on the obscure soul, garage, and psychedelic gems, rather than the classic rockabilly sound that is typically associated with the label. This year the compilation curated by the hardworking people in record stores themselves seems to focus on the “rock” of the Sun catalog. This release will be pressed on standard black wax.

Best of the United Artists Years
Pressing Number:2500 pressed

While this band isn’t a stranger to RSDs having releases that came out last year, this is the year to pick up a Hawkwind release. Best of the United Artists Years is made more important with the addition of drummer Simon King and a unknown by the name of Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister. Influencing a lot of my favorite modern day space fuzz artists such as FUZZ, Meatbodies, and Feral Ohms, this pick up is a must for any fans of rock in general. This LP will be pressed in limited edition swirl on audiophile-grade vinyl.

Shocking Blue
At Home
Pressing Number:1200 pressed

Once you hear their biggest song “Venus” it all comes flowing back. This Dutch band has even inspired acts beyond their time with bands like Nirvana and The Prodigy using Shocking Blue’s “Love Buzz.” Psychedelic has and is always my favorite genre, so there’s no excuse why Shocking Blue shouldn’t be in my pile. This pressing has the LP pressed in colored “shocking blue” vinyl for the first time ever.

Honorable Mentions
THE FLAMING LIPS-The Flaming Lips Onboard The International Space Station Concert For Peace
VARIOUS ARTISTS-Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye–A Tribute To Roky Erickson
VARIOUS ARTISTS-Nuggets: Come To The Sunshine: Soft Pop Nuggets from the WEA Vaults

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